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Here's my specs for a 3D modelling machine...yay or nay?

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-System-

Processor- Intel i7 930 (will be over clocked to 4ghz)
CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-U12P Special Edition SE2
Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7
PSU-Corsair TX-650 650W ATX Power
Memory- Corsair HX3X12G1600C9 12GB (6x XMS3 2GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz) (3dsmax 2011 recommends 8GB ram)
Hard Drives- OCZ Vertex II 50GB SSD + Samsung 1TB SATA
Video Card- Inno3D GTX470
Sound Card- Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty Pro (I'm an audiophile and will be producing some music)
Case- Antec Nine Hundred Two

-Extras-

Screen- Dell U2311 IPS monitor + a cheap LCD for multitasking
Speakers-Logitech Z-2300
Disk Drive- LiteON DVD RW
Keyboard- Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000
Mouse- Logitech MX-518

As the title states the main purpose for this machine will be 3D modelling e.g Autodesk Maya, 3dsmax, Revit, Sketchup e.t.c. I will also use it for quite a bit of 2D work so basically all the Adobe creative suite programs. I only really play old-school strategy games hence my choice of the GTX470 (I would go ATI but their cards have compatibility issues with the 3D programs that I need to use)

So what do you guys think? Are their any floors in my spec list?
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post #2 of 37
Well if you aren't playing games I would get a used gtx 295 because that has better performance in non-dx11 applications. Other than that your build looks good
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post #3 of 37
Work station card?

They have special drivers for programs like maya 3d max and etc.
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post #4 of 37
as far as I know all those rendering programs are CPU intensive... maybe you'd be better going with more cores and RAM. If you don't need the GTX470, I'd say go with a 5770 or 5850... they'll keep you good for DX11 going forward... in terms of cheap CPU/RAM alternatives, I'd suggest looking at the 1055T (6 cores for ~$350ish) or possibly the SR-2 with 2x quad Xeons for a total of 8 cores, but you could cram 48GBs of RAM there... just suggestions...
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post #5 of 37
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Originally Posted by spRICE View Post
Well if you aren't playing games I would get a used gtx 295 because that has better performance in non-dx11 applications. Other than that your build looks good
Thanks sprice, do you think the programs I need ever require DX11? I ask as I wish to keep it somewhat future-proof.
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Non-worksatation gpu's have worked fine for me in Maya, so that should be good. Not sure if the benefit of a workstation card is worth the price over a regular gpu anyways, cuz I don't have much experience with them.

Maybe I would change the case for aesthetics? If it's a workstation then keep it sleek and classy with a Silverstone fortress or something nice!

Last but not least, maybe you could go with the X58A-UD3R. It has usb3.0 and 6 ram slots just like the one you wanted, but it is cheaper. It will get you to 4.0ghz no problem. The UD7 is super cool though, I just don't see the benefit. I don't think it needs all those crazy heat pipes, especially if you aren't doing extreme overclocking.
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post #7 of 37
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Originally Posted by KoolGuy View Post
Work station card?

They have special drivers for programs like maya 3d max and etc.
From my research, Work station cards are only really for professional design firms. They just do not justify the cost verse performance ratio for the at home user.
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post #8 of 37
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Originally Posted by kurosu View Post
Non-worksatation gpu's have worked fine for me in Maya, so that should be good. Not sure if the benefit of a workstation card is worth the price over a regular gpu anyways, cuz I don't have much experience with them.

Maybe I would change the case for aesthetics? If it's a workstation then keep it sleek and classy with a Silverstone fortress or something nice!

Last but not least, maybe you could go with the X58A-UD3R. It has usb3.0 and 6 ram slots just like the one you wanted, but it is cheaper. It will get you to 4.0ghz no problem. The UD7 is super cool though, I just don't see the benefit. I don't think it needs all those crazy heat pipes, especially if you aren't doing extreme overclocking.
Thanks. Case wise I could not care less about how it looks, as long as it preforms which the Antec nine hundred two certainly does. You make a very good point about the UD7; I may just opt out for a UD3R.
Edited by JDM YO - 6/11/10 at 1:03am
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post #9 of 37
Well good luck with your build, and have fun!
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post #10 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by JDM YO View Post
From my research, Work station cards are only really for professional design firms. They just do not justify the cost verse performance ratio for the at home user.
Correct, especially with Max which uses DirectX rather than OpenGL.

50GB might be a bit small for the SSD, I have a 80GB SSD with CS4 master suite, 3DS Max and some other stuff on and it is pushing over 50GB - I recently had to move my Steam install to my HDs because I wanted to install some more games.. other than that the build looks fine.
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